CITY OF MALOLOS – The Provincial Government of Bulacan spearheaded by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado honored 16 individuals and two group of youths who excelled in their respective fields that served as inspiration and led to empowering others to also live to be better citizens during the Gintong Kabataan Awards (GKA) 2018 at the Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in this city recently.
Gov. Alvarado said that the province of Bulacan is fortunate for being home to treasured youths like Gen. Gregorio del Pilar and Marcelo H. del Pilar among others that despite being young have been source of hope to many and he is proud that youths even in this generation is continuing this legacy.
In Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara’s speech being the guest speaker delivered by his representative Miguel Alfonso Lima from the legislative office of the senator, he expounded the true meaning of being excellent.
“I think we will all agree that someone is excellent when they are at the top, first, leader, but I also think that we have deep misconceptions about this. Sometimes we think excellence stems from talent, we forget that it’s about hard work, that it is about the absence of failure, but in fact those who have failed are the ones most likely to succeed because they are fearless enough to bear failing and to be resilient to get back up again,” Angara said.
He also added that excellence is not a lonely pursuit but is better achieved with help from others, that excellence is not reaching a given standard but beating his own, and that excellence is a way of life, an attitude, a habit that one starts and maintains while encouraging everyone to continue to find motivation and courage to pursue excellence.
Meanwhile, the most prestigious award was given to Philippine actress Angelica ‘Angel Locin’ Colmenares from Santa Maria and was hailed as the Natatanging Gintong Kabataan of the year.
Also, Asian Games gold medalist Yuka Saso from San Ildefonso was awarded the Gintong Kabataan sa Larangan ng Isports for individual while Bulacan Kuyas was awarded for group; and Emmanuel Romano from the town of Baliwag was named the Gintong Kabataang Bayani.
Moreover, awardees for Gintong Kabataan sa Kagalingang Pang-akademya at Agham were Janelle Cherise Corporal from Plaridel for High School and Kevin Facun from San Ildefonso for College; Michael John Santos from the town of Obando was named Gintong Kabataang Entreprenyur; and for youth servant awardees, Gintong Kabataan sa Larangan ng Paglilingkod sa Pamayanan for individual category was Reynaldo Abacan Jr. from Meycauayan while Caritas Dei from Plaridel was awarded for group category;and the Gintong Kabataang Manggagawa recipients were Erlyn Rachelle Macarayan, Professional Worker category from the City of Malolos, and Alfred Santos from San Miguel, Skilled Worker category.
This year’s awardees for Gintong Kabataan sa Larangan ng Sining at Kultura were Paolo “Kimpoy” Feliciano from Hagonoy, Katrina “Hopia” Legaspi from Norzagaray, and Ross Ethan “Seth” dela Cruz from Marilao (special citations); Mary Joy Apostol from Pulilan, Sining sa Pagganap; Jerry Christopher Cruz from San Rafael, Interior Design; Normannie Santos from Meycauayan, Fashion Design; and Rey Clement Maaliao from City of Malolos, Sining ng Pagtatanghal, (posthumous).
On behalf of all the awardees, Abacan, founder of DialysisPH Support Group for patients with chronic kidney disease expressed his gratitude for being recognized and said that despite being a patient himself he will continue to serve others and be an inspiration to more youths.